Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Info About Teaching License Endorsements

I received a letter from Janet Welk at ND ESPB this past week that detailed changes to the existing ND teaching licensure requirements. It particularly affects those of you who are required to get endorsements for your specific teaching areas. I called ESPB this morning and spoke with Amy. She confirmed this information.

Effective July 1, 2014, if you have been a licensed teacher in the state of North Dakota for 2 years, you will be able to take a Praxis test to become qualified to teach in another area besides the one you were originally licensed for. For example, if you have a ND Professional Educator license to teach elementary education, and have been licensed for a minimum of two years, you can take the Praxis test for Early Childhood Content (code 5022) and have your Kindergarten endorsement. You do not have to take additional courses for the endorsement. If you meet the cut score (passing score) for the Praxis test for that area, it fulfills the requirement and you will be awarded the Kindergarten endorsement.

This applies to all areas, Gifted and Talented, Middle School, Special Education, and so on.

Once you have successfully passed the Praxis test for the new content area, you can apply for a Praxis endorsement using the ND Teach online application.

If you have any questions, especially for the specific Praxis code for an area you may be interested in, please contact I confirmed the Kindergarten endorsement code mentioned above but if you have other areas, you might want to contact them first.

Best wishes!